Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos childhood friends from Sacramento, California, were on a sightseeing trip in Europe. They were having so much fun in Amsterdam that they almost cancelled their trip to France, a change of mind later, they decided to head over to France anyway and took the train.
Good thing they did otherwise they would not be wearing today the Légion d’Honneur, (France’s highest award) for their roles in thwarting a terrorist attack.
Once on the train, according to college student Anthony Sadler the WiFi in the car assigned to them was lousy, so half an hour into their trip they decided to change cars, and as fate would have it they ended up in the one where a shooter opened fire.
Sadler claims to have been in a deep sleep when he heard a scuffle between the shooter and a French citizen that’s when his friend, National Guardsman, Alek Skarlatos hit him in the shoulder and said, “Go.”
The three friends and a Britton by the name of Chris Norman tackled the wannabe terrorist, whom earlier came across a French-American by the name of Mark Moogalian, and another individual (who as of this writing remains anonymous). Moogalian went after the shooter’s AK47, they struggled with it, but the shooter got a hold of a Luger pistol he was packing and shot Moogalian in the neck.
Once the suspect was tied down, Air Force serviceman Spencer Stone claims to have seen a passenger bleeding from the neck and squirting blood everywhere (Presumably Moogalian?), so he decided to stick his finger into the man’s wound and hold the artery close till paramedics showed up.
Alek Skarlatos, who was enjoying a month long break from serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, claims that what also helped them in thwarting the attack, was the fact that the wannabe terrorist didn’t have any formal weapons training as his AK47 and the Luger pistol appeared to have jammed, otherwise the bastard would have been able to unload onto the passengers the eight magazines he was carrying.
On Monday August the 23rd 2015, they were given the Legion of Honor by French president François Hollande in the ornate Elysee Palace, along with Briton Chris Norman. As of this writing Moogalian remains hospitalized and in stable condition, he will receive the Legion of Honor at a later date.
Semper Fi. Semper Fi indeed.
Lois Gibson was a twenty year old actress in Los Angeles when a man pretending to be her neighbor, entered her residence, raped her, and almost strangled her to death. The shame of such a brutal attack kept her from reporting matters to the police.
Six weeks later an amazing coincidence occurred. While driving around the city of angels, Lois took a wrong turn and entered the wrong street. From her vantage point she saw a man being arrested on a balcony. Lo and behold, that man turned out to be her attacker. That day, Lois saw justice first hand and this arrest got her interested in law enforcement.
She later moved to San Antonio Texas, got married, had a family, and told no one about her dramatic incident.
One day while visiting a friend, she heard the news about a dance instructor who had been raped while teaching a bunch of her young students. Lois thought that maybe she could help catch the rapist by drawing a sketch of him base on the description of the many eyewitnesses, but first she’d have to convince law enforcement that indeed she can pull it off. So she sent a friend to a gas station and had the friend describe the gas station attendant to her, based on her friend’s description she drew an accurate portrait of the attendant thus convincing the Houston Police Department of her drawing abilities.
Since then Lois Gibson’s sketches have helped capture over one thousand criminals. 30% of the cases she’s worked on have been solved, based purely on her remarkable abilities; she’s been a Police sketch artist in Texas for well over twenty years.
John Walsh is known worldwide as a crusader for justice, victims advocate, host and creator of America’s Most Wanted (shame on FOX for canceling such an important show) The man, is also a personal hero around the Le Noir household, for his unadulterated hatred of the criminal element.
Malala Yousafzai stood up for the rights of girls to get an education, and for this she took a bullet to the head from a piece of shit whose twisted medieval philosophy clashed with hers in this the 21st century. She lived to tell the tale, in doing so she became the youngest Peace Prize winner. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described her as “a brave and gentle advocate of peace who through the simple act of going to school became a global teacher.” Her shooting and her refusal to stand down from what she believed was right, brought to light the plight of millions of children around the world who are denied an education today.
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Kimberly Munley who was a civilian military police officer (the type hired by military bases when soldiers become too busy when dealing with two wars) was washing her squad car the morning of November 5, 2009 when she heard a radio report of shots fired.
Nidal Malik Hasan, a U.S. Army major and psychiatrist, entered his workplace; The Soldier Readiness Processing Center, located inside of the military base of Fort Hood, near Killen, Texas. According to eyewitnesses, Hasan took a seat near an empty table, bowed his head, stood up, shouted “Allahu Akbar!” an opened fire.
Without hesitation Officer Munley rushed to the scene, a soldier ran passed her shouting, “He’s that way! He’s that way!” she ran toward the direction pointed by the running soldier and spotted a man in full combat fatigues.
She later told a military tribunal that she saw the red flash of a laser hit her eyes. It was the laser sight attached to the pistol of Nidal Hasan, who then opened fire in her direction. She returned fire, a bullet hit her upper thigh, another hit her in the hand and yet another impacted her knee, she went down. The bullet on her upper thigh managed to hit her femoral artery, she was losing blood fast but she kept firing, hitting the shooter four times. And then her gun jammed.
She could only watch as the shooter went up to her and pointed his gun at her head.
His gun jammed also, he fiddle with it in order to make it work, that’s when Fort Hood Police Sgt. Mark Todd yelled at the shooter to drop his weapon, the shooter didn’t comply and so he went down when officer Todd shot him.
The incident, which lasted about 10 minutes, resulted in 31 wounded and 13 killed, however the count goes up to 14 once you consider the fact that one of the victims Pfc. Francheska Velez — was pregnant.
It was the deadliest mass shooting on a U.S. military post in history.
Although Officer Kimberly Munley flat lined twice, she manage to remain conscious long enough to hear a doctor say, “We’re losing her.”
On an unusually chilly and overcast day a Defense of Freedom Medal (the civilian equivalent of the Purple Hear) was awarded to Police Officer Kimberly Munley almost six years after the events at Fort Hood.
The Twitter account of Kim Munley bio reads:
“I live a good life….a hard one, but I go to sleep peacefully @ night knowing that I may have made a difference in someone’s life.”
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
Sources: The Washington Post, CNN.com, the Huffington Post, the Daily Beast, Texas Tribune, Wikepedia.org. Malala.org, Biography.com, theblaze.com, abcnews.com